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Montoya, Ge Win Singles Titles at Copper Bowl

January 15, 2010 04:18 AM

January 2-7, 2010
Various sites - Tucson, Ariz.

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Augustus Ge (Phoenix) captured the Boys 14s title (Photo courtesy, Doug Wrege, tennisrecruiting.net).
Just over 900 nationally-ranked players made their way to Tucson for one of the nation's largest and prestigious junior tournaments, the Copper Bowl. The tournament, held Jan. 2-7 at a dozen sites in the Tucson area, also featured some strong results by USTA Southwest players, including two boys title winners.

In Boys 16s, Scottsdale's Nicolas Montoya won seven rounds in singles to claim the title, defeating eighth-seeded Garrett Gordon (Marietta, Ga.) in the final 6-2, 7-5. The final capped a stellar week for Montoya, with his first level-3 national tournament victory. Montoya, who came in as the 10th seed, dropped just one set in the entire tournament (in the semifinals to Robbie Bellamy of Pacific Palisades, Calif.), and dropped three seeds en route to the Copper Bowl crown. Coming into the tournament ranked No. 86 in the country, Montoya's national standing should improve dramatically with the win.

In Boys 14s, it was an all-USTA Southwest final as Augustus Ge (Phoenix) and Robert Seby (Tucson, Ariz.) squared off. Both Seby and Ge had smooth roads to the finals, especially Ge who had received a relatively easy road to the finals after receiving walkovers from Spencer Furman (Woodinville, Mass.) top-seeded Mac Roy (San Antonio, Texas) in the semifinals due to injuries. Both Ge and Seby met last summer at the USTA Southwest Junior Closed, and Seby prevailed. But in Tucson, Ge turned the tables, downing the second-seeded Seby to the tune of 6-4, 6-3. With the win, Ge vaulted nearly 50 spots in the national rankings, moving him to No. 38.

Seby did reach the doubles semifinals with Jared Aldor (Vail, Ariz.).

Several other USTA Southwest players posted strong Copper Bowl tournament showings, including Mariely Hassey (Surprise, Ariz.) who finished fourth in the Girls 16s singles and Savannah Slaysman (Phoenix, Ariz.), who finished fourth in Girls 12s. Slaysman and Maddie Potfhoff (Tucson, Ariz.) downed three seeded teams, and finished up as Girls 12s doubles finalists.  

Other terrific results by USTA Southwest players included Nathan Ponwith (Scottsdale) - Consolation finals, Boys 12 singles, Hunter and Yates Johnson (Litchfield Park, Ariz.) - semifinals, Boys 16 doubles, and Katrina Domingo (Tucson) and Sara Brown (Tucson) - semfinals, Girls 16 doubles.

Thirteen sites including the host site, Hilton El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort fielded the six days of action in 128 draws in each age group Boys and Girls 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s, a massive number of matches. Doubles draws were 64 strong in most divisions as well.

Other sites included, Ironwood Ridge High School, La Paloma Country Club, Catalina Foothills High School, Sun City Vistoso, Tucson Racquet Club, University of Arizona, Westward Look Resort, Reffkin Tennis Center, Fort Lowell Tennis Center and Saddlebrooke Tennis Club. A special thanks goes out to all those facilities for accommodating the Copper Bowl.

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